Hamsik pays tribute to the departing Reina

first_imgNapoli captain Marek Hamsik has paid tribute to the departing Pep Reina with the Spaniard set to play in his final game for the club against Torino on SundayThe goalkeeper held a dinner to bid farewell to his teammates at Napoli with Reina set to join Serie A rivals AC Milan at the end of the season as a free agent.Sunday’s game against Torino will be Reina’s final appearance at their San Paolo Stadium with Luigi Sepe set to deputise for the Spaniard in their remaining two games with Napoli currently trying overhaul their four-point gap to league leaders Juventus as they attempt to win their first Serie A title since 1990.“Pepe you were a great teammate. One of the best with whom I had the pleasure to play. A real man and a true leader. You will be missed a lot, for your way of living the locker room and at matches, you are always ready for any joke. I make a big wolf mouth for your new adventure. Thank you for all these years with you and with this shirt. Your companions and this city will not forget you. GREAT PEPE TVB A STRONG EMBRACE ??? P.S There are still 3 games left to us we still believe it until mathematics will not allow it. We will give it our all as always ?? Dreaming is not forbidden” Hamsik wrote on Instagram. Rumour: PSG ready Donnarumma bid George Patchias – August 21, 2019 PSG are ready to make a bid for goalkeeper Gianluigi  Donnarumma.According to Italian football new outlet Calciomercato.com, PSG is about to make an offer…The veteran goalkeeper joined Napoli on a loan spell from Liverpool in 2013 and won the Coppa Italia that season, before rejoining the Light Blues on a permanent deal in the summer of 2015 from Bayern Munich.Since then, Reina has made 153 appearances in goal for Napoli and has played an integral role in their title battle with Juventus this season.last_img read more

The Governor General Welcomes Organizers and Guests of Celebrating Women International

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 8, 2017 – Nassau – Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, seated centre, received the Organizers of Celebrating Women International and Specially Invited Guests of the Board of Governors in a Courtesy Call in the Drawing Room of Government House, December 1, 2017.  A Reception followed.(BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)last_img

Football Leaks PSG Man City FFP coverup revealed

first_imgFootball Leaks revealed UEFA helped Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain cover up massive Financial Fair Play violations in the form of inflated sponsorship deals.The latest edition of the European Investigative Collaborations (EIC) expose as a result of leaked documentation makes remarkable allegations.“European football association UEFA arranged secret settlements with Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain that allowed the clubs to cheat its own Financial Fair Play rules by hundreds of millions of euros, a new investigation by EIC Network can reveal.’Football Leaks’ have alleged that PSG’s owners injected €1.8bn into the club against Financial Fair Play regulations, with Gianni Infantino and Michel Platini helping to cover it upIf caught, the French club would have faced a ban from all European competitions 😳 pic.twitter.com/cmEHLArnwf— Ladbrokes (@Ladbrokes) November 2, 2018“Senior UEFA administrators, including the ex-secretary general and current FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, personally intervened to encourage settlements with big clubs, while the Club Financial Control Body (CFCB), the UEFA department that investigates rule breaches, aggressively pursued poorer clubs in the likes of Turkey and Romania.”This is of particular interest to a club such as Milan, which was excluded from the Europa League this season for FFP violations before winning an appeal for its reinstatement.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…👀 #LaLiga President Javier #Tebas fires shots at #MCFC and #PSGHe claims that it was clear all along that the both clubs cheated UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules – after allegations this evening from Football Leaks that the two clubs were allowed to breach the rules in place. pic.twitter.com/vyw96M8RDt— CalcioMercato (En) (@CmdotCom_En) November 2, 2018Their financial status remains under question and the same issues could be raised next summer.“The new revelations are based on a batch of tens of millions of Football Leaks documents obtained by German weekly magazine Der Spiegel and shared with its partners in journalism network European Investigation Collaborations (EIC).“The combined dataset contains more than 70 million documents, around 3.4 terabytes, and is the biggest journalistic data leak to date.“Over the past eight months, around 80 journalists and technologists from 15 media partners have collaborated to document and expose illegal or secret deals across the football industry from this trove and other sources.“But owners of several clubs have continued to supply excessive amounts to cover losses using highly inflated – and sometimes deceptive – sponsorship contracts, in a practice known as ‘financial doping’.last_img read more

Alaska House Backtracks On Full Dividend Vote

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska House’s populist vote to pay Alaskans the full amount for their oil-wealth fund checks has been undone. Lawmakers rescinded the vote Friday after debate over Alaska Permanent Fund dividends derailed efforts to pass a state operating budget. Monday’s vote for a fully funded dividend, held during a drawn-out budget debate, split the House majority and spurred minority Republicans to seek bigger budget cuts to win over their members. The size of the oil check was cut roughly in half the last two years amid gridlock over Alaska’s budget deficit.center_img A handful of majority members who supported a full dividend Monday backed undoing that vote Friday. Rather than a full payout, estimated at about $2,650, lawmakers voted for a $1,600 dividend this year.last_img read more

Borough Opens Sign Ups For Invocation

first_imgThe resolution to amend the invocation policy passed in a 7-2 vote at the assembly meeting on November 20. Ogle: “We have 12 assigned invocation spots throughout the year and we have eight that remain to be assigned. Those spots are open.” The borough has been wrestling with the invocation policy since August 2016 when an invocation invoking the name of Satan was given during an assembly meeting. Residents who are interested can sign up for invocations through the borough clerk. and according to Ogle will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis.center_img Assemblywoman Kelly Cooper: “We’re supposed to understand what other people believe and be mindful of what they believe, just like we expect them to me mindful of our beliefs.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted to broaden the scope of eligible invocation providers to better reflect the diversity of beliefs in the borough, and according to Assembly President Wayne Ogle that starts now.last_img read more

Dry Conditions Fuel Unplanned Wildfire

first_imgIn a press release, ninety-nine percent of all wildland fires on that occur on the Chugach National Forest are caused by humans. Everyone plays a role in preventing human-caused fires. Campfires left unattended could potentially result in an unplanned wild fire ignition which could threaten public safety and fire fighters. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Chugach National Forest fire danger status is very high over most the forest. Over the weekend a fire (Trail Lake Fire) broke out at mile marker 27 of the Seward Highway on Kenai Peninsula Borough land. Firefighters from University of Alaska at Fairbanks Nanook Firefighting Crew were called to assist. Smoke jumpers were engaged and a 20 person fire crew is mopping up, utilizing water and hand tools to extinguish any remaining heat sources. The low smoke fire was approximately three acres in size and is now contained. Extinguish all campfires completely before leaving the area – fires should never be left unattended.Please use these guidelines to extinguish campfires:Allow the campfire to completely burn to ash, if possibleDrown all embers, using lots of water, until the fire no longer hissesStir the ash and water with a shovel, stick, or other toolScrape any remaining logs to remove possible embersMake sure everything is cold to the touchIf water is not available, mix sand or wet dirt into the fire pitDo not bury the fire – it will continue to smolder and may ignite roots and duff below the surfacelast_img read more

Is highspeed rail in the US ever going to happen

first_img Speeding to the future The myriad benefits of high-speed rail go far beyond the strict monetary alternative to cars and planes. For one thing, most high-speed trains are electric, and as energy generation moves away from fossil fuels, this means rail becomes significantly greener than airplanes or cars — which is why Democrats like Ocasio-Cortez included it as part of the Green New Deal. Then there are the benefits to the communities along the route, and the jobs created during construction and during use. These benefits are something many other countries have seen, not least China, which in 10 years has gone from essentially no high-speed rail, to more high-speed rail than the rest of the world combined. No doubt these are expensive projects, and historically, only public money and support has made them possible. It will be interesting to see, as the projects above progress, if that’s still the case or if private investment is indeed possible. Best case, they all come to fruition and there will be multiple options for cities and states to add high-speed rail. Worst case? They don’t, or the government has to nationalize them (again). As a big fan of trains, I’m obviously hoping for the former. Count me in for a ride on opening day on each and every one. Share your voice Aug 6 • Trump says he’s watching Google ‘very closely,’ slams CEO Sundar Pichai California Both alphabetically and monetarily, this is the first project we should discuss. Running, in theory, from Northern California to Southern, linking Sacramento and San Francisco to Los Angeles and a few points in between, the California High Speed Rail is already well over budget and behind schedule. Despite my love for high-speed rail, and being a California resident, I was never impressed or optimistic about this project. Having now researched it significantly more for this article I’m… well, more neutral I guess. The pros probably outweigh the cons, mostly.The issue is there are lots of easily identifiable negatives. High-speed rail detractors love to point this project as a glowing example of why the whole idea of high-speed rail is bad. I suppose that’s true of any new rail project, and more so with this one given how expensive it’s become. On the negative side, even at the very high speeds the project is hoping for, it will still take 2 hours, 40 minutes to get from Union Station in LA to downtown San Francisco. It’s only 1.5 hours to fly, so even considering travel to and from airports, that’s nearly a wash. It’s hard to believe they’ll be able to keep ticket prices low enough to compete with airfare, which is often around $60 (roughly £45 or AU$85) each way. California HSR Authority says they’re aiming for an average price of $93 to get from San Francisco to LA, in today’s dollars. This is about 50 percent higher than a flight, but still in the “ballpark.” Personally I’d pay an extra $30 not to fly, and hopefully others will find the premium acceptable too.  Now playing: Watch this: Tags 29 Photos Aug 6 • President Trump wants social media to catch shooters before they strike. It’s going to be hard For more about why it’s so challenging to have higher speeds on this route, and really why high-speed trains are difficult throughout the US, check out this previous explainer about why US trains are so complicated. Texas The Texas Central Railway is another private venture, this time aiming to connect Dallas and Houston in under 90 minutes. Driving would take at least 3.5 hours. The most interesting aspect of this project is the rolling stock: Japanese Shinkansen trains. Specifically, a variant of the N700 Series already in use throughout Japan. Most recently, the TCR has selected Spain’s Renfe to be the train operator (PDF). Initially it’ll offer technical advice on design and construction of the system, then once it’s up and running, it’ll “run the trains; maintain system components, such as the engines, signals and other equipment; oversee ticketing, passenger loyalty programs and other services.”It’s hoping for departures every 30 minutes, a top speed of 200 mph, ticket prices lower than airfare, and to open in the mid-2020s. Since, barring unforeseen delays, that will beat California’s high-speed rail by years, this will likely be the first “true” high-speed rail system in the US by any definition.   Railroads need land, however, and so far Texas Central is having problems procuring it. The project is involved in a legal battle that could prevent it from being able to conduct surveys and acquire property. Referring to the problems, a Texas Central representative told CNET “Texas Central disputes that, saying it is having increasing success in securing land options.” See All Are US trains really that bad? It’s complicated Charger into the future: Inside Amtrak’s new 4,400 hp locomotive I crossed 3 countries in 14 hours on 4 trains and a bus. And I’m not dead. Here’s what it’s like to travel 8 hours across Japan by train From steam to Shinkansen: The massive machines of the Kyoto Railway Museum 28:48 Politics Sci-Tech Roadshow Jul 28 • Apple’s Q3 earnings are all about the iPhone 11 hints 47 Commentscenter_img Read more about trains Japan has the Shinkansen. France has the TGV. Spain has AVE. China has more high-speed rail than the rest of the world combined. America has… the Acela Express. All 16 stops of it in one section of the country. It reaches its top speed of 150 miles per hour (241 kph) just for a few minutes in one short section, and even that speed is pokey compared to other countries. The Shanghai Maglev reaches 268 mph.But things are changing. Despite significant uphill battles, high-speed rail is coming to other parts of the country. Even the Acela is undergoing improvements that should make the service faster and more convenient. And high-speed rail is one of the principal pillars of the Green New Deal drafted by liberal House Democrats, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. It proposes to overhaul the “transportation systems in the United States to eliminate pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector as much as is technologically feasible,” with high-speed rail as one of the main investments. This article doesn’t speculate on lofty goals like that. It’s not about proposed dream projects, like maglevs and hyperloops, nor is it a list of feasibility studies or “hey, we should check out high-speed rail” legislative initiatives. Instead, I’m going to tackle actual projects either in progress or seemingly about to begin. How high is high-speed? The answer to this question isn’t as obvious as it seems. Title 49, subsection V, Part D, Chapter 261(c) of the US code says “sustained speeds of 125 mph or greater.” Other countries would call that “adorable” and “200 kph.” Even other portions of the US government say 150 mph or greater. For our purposes, we’ll go with anything above 125. This is faster than traditional trains, and given the limitations of the tracks throughout the US, a pretty reasonable increase in speed. Also, an article just about US trains capable of over 150 mph would be super short. Other parts of the country are working on improving their “regular” rail so that it’s a bit faster, like Chicago and elsewhere, but that’s for another article. Nevada (and California) A rail link between Los Angeles and Las Vegas has been in the works, on and off, for years. A company called XpressWest got the farthest in the process, and in September it was purchased by Brightline (yep, same one). This is another hard sell, since the current plans only get them from Las Vegas to Victorville. Victorville is Los Angeles as much as Philadelphia is Manhattan. So your average LA resident would need to get to Victorville, nearly two hours by car, then board a train for Brightline’s estimate of two hours to Las Vegas. A flight takes just over an hour, or alternately, it’s a fantastic drive in the same amount of time. There are other desert cities near Victorville, of course, so the trains probably won’t be empty. But as you can probably guess, the idea is to link up to the California regular and eventual high-speed rail network and go all the way to LA’s Union Station. It expects to begin construction this year, with initial service in 2022. Seems optimistic, but I wish it luck.Though no rolling stock has been decided yet, it wouldn’t be surprising if XpressWest plans to use Siemens Chargers since that’s what Brightline is using in Florida, and Siemens is already building a bunch in its California plant for Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner route. Northeast Corridor (New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and DC) The Acela Express was America’s first, and arguably only, high-speed rail. I say “arguably” because in most parts of the world a top speed of 150 mph, and average speed less than half that, hardly qualifies as “high-speed.” It connects Boston to DC with 14 stops along the way, including New York and Philadelphia. The speeds are almost entirely due to limitations on the tracks and other infrastructure, which is why Amtrak has extensive plans for upgrading the tracks it owns, as well as working with states along the route to improve the non-Amtrak sections. The Acela trains were always far more capable than the tracks they were on, so even seemingly small improvements like raising speeds on a 30 mph section to 50 mph will reap big benefits overall. Many of the improvements will also benefit standard rail service in the area as well. Amtrak is also getting new trains, due in service in 2021. These high-tech models from Alstom are capable not just of higher speeds, but have better tilt capabilities, so they’ll be faster on the slower sections compared to the current trains. If the infrastructure improvements go as planned, new top speeds of 186 mph will be possible on some segments of the route. US Tech Policy US Tech Policy See trains from all over the world • As well as covering TV and other display tech, Geoff does these tours of cool museums and locations around the world including nuclear submarines, massive aircraft carriers, medieval castles, airplane graveyards and more.  You can follow his exploits on Twitter, Instagram and on his travel blog BaldNomad. He also wrote a bestselling sci-fi novel.   Aug 7 • Trump’s emissions and fuel economy rollbacks will cost Americans money, study says Going beyond the normal benefits for high-speed rail, California HSR Authority intends for the entire system to run on 100 percent renewable energy to power the trains. Since traveling on these trains would mean fewer cars on the road and fewer passengers on airplanes, the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions should be sizable. With work progressing in the, admittedly easier, Central Valley sections, I’ll be curious to see how this plays out over the next decade(s). Especially since our new governor is far less enthusiastic for the project than our previous governor. Regardless of what happens with the overall project, numerous improvements to the rail infrastructure throughout the state are already underway and will be highly beneficial. Florida Florida has the only private passenger train company in the US: Brightline. In November 2018 it announced it was rebranding as Virgin Trains USA, after Virgin took a minority stake. Hopefully that will turn out better for everyone than what happened on England’s East Cost Main Line. Florida had initially received federal grants to create more high-speed rail, but then governor Rick Scott rejected them in 2011. Some of this route was developed into Brightline. Brightline/Virgin Trains USA currently connects Miami to West Palm Beach, but is too slow to qualify as high speed. However, it’s working on expanding its system north, connecting to Orlando airport via Cocoa. Part of this route will have new tracks on a new right-of-way, allowing speeds up to 125 mph. It uses Siemens Chargers, which we checked out extensively when they were unveiled for the Pacific Surfliner route in Los Angeles. Along with other funding, it’s going public to help get the money it needs. The company has plans to connect to Tampa eventually as well. reading • Is high-speed rail in the US ever going to happen? Travelling 2,600 miles across Europe in a VW camper 14 Photos High-speed trains in the USlast_img read more

iOS 13s FaceTime will apparently fake eye contact

first_img • Apple’s FaceTime video chats might feel more real soon. Angela Lang/CNET Apple’s third iOS 13 developer beta adds a FaceTime feature that’ll fake eye contact during video calls, according to app designer Mike Rundle. Toggling the FaceTime Attention Correction setting makes it look like you’re looking directly into the camera, even though you’re really looking at the screen and the person you’re talking to.Rundle apparently tested the feature with podcaster Will Sigmon, who noted that it’s only working on the iPhone XS, XS Max and “maybe” the cheaper XR. The 2017 iPhone X apparently doesn’t support the feature. You’ve probably been unnerved by the fact that the person you’re talking to during FaceTime video calls always seems to be looking down slightly, since they’re looking at the image of you on screen rather than at their camera. We don’t know what trickery Apple is using for the Attention Correction feature, but it sounds pretty impressive.The company didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.If you’re looking for iOS 13 features to try right now, Apple added some nice Wi-Fi and Bluetooth shortcuts too.First published at 4:15 a.m. PT.Updated at 4:48 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. Now playing: Watch this: iOS 13 beta: Install at your own risk iOS 13 Apple Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Comments Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? See All Apple Tags Mobile Internet Services Share your voice Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Guys – “FaceTime Attention Correction” in iOS 13 beta 3 is wild.Here are some comparison photos featuring @flyosity: https://t.co/HxHhVONsi1 pic.twitter.com/jKK41L5ucI— Will Sigmon (@WSig) July 2, 2019 3:53 Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier reading • iOS 13’s FaceTime will apparently fake eye contactlast_img read more

Microsofts HoloLens 2 may go on sale in September

first_imgMicrosoft’s second generation HoloLens is coming in September. James Martin/CNET Microsoft revealed its HoloLens 2 at Mobile World Congress earlier this year, and now we know when we’ll be able to get our hands on it. During a speech at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai, executive vice president Harry Shum revealed that its next-generation augmented reality headsets goes on sale in September, Reuters reported.The updated HoloLens is available to preorder for $3,500 (about £2,700 or AU$4,900), and comes four years after the original version. The new one is more comfortable, and has a greater field of view and better eye and hand tracking, according to CNET’s Ian Sherr and Scott Stein. In an emailed statement, Microsoft confirmed that HoloLens 2 will begin shipping later this year, but didn’t confirm that it’ll arrive in September.”We have started collecting expressions of interest for HoloLens 2 preorders and, as part of our standard practice for gathering feedback, have shared near-final prototypes with some customers, but have not announced a date for general availability,” a spokesperson wrote.First published at Aug. 29 at 2:06 a.m. PT.Updated at Aug. 30 at 3:50 a.m. PT: Adds Microsoft statement. 4:54 Comments 4 Share your voice Tags Augmented reality (AR) Microsoft Wearable Tech Microsoft HoloLens 2: A first dive into the future of… Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Birthday joyride ends in disaster 2 DU students killed

first_imgPolice found the Honda City car in a damaged condition and the pole and railing uprooted from the road divider.IANSA young man and a woman were killed and two others were injured early on Sunday when their car hit an electric pole and railing at high speed in east Delhi’s Vivek Vihar area, police said.The accident occurred at 5.40 a.m. at Surya Nagar. The driver, identified as Lakhshye, 22, was detained.Police found the Honda City car in a damaged condition and the pole and railing uprooted from the road divider, Deputy Commissioner of Police Meghna Yadav said.The car’s four other occupants were identified as Keshav, 21, a resident of Kamla Nagar, Prabhjot Singh, 18, from Malkaganj, Arshpreet, 19, from Haryana’s Sirsa, and Rubal, 20.They were taken to GTB Hospital where Prabhjot and Rubal were declared dead, the officer added.”Prabhjot Singh was pursuing graduation from correspondence in DU. He worked in a call centre co-owned by Lakhshye in Kamala Nagar. Rubal was a student of Daulat Ram College. She was a native of Sirsa and best friend of Arshpreet,” she added.Keshav also works in the same call centre, she said.”Arshpreet is a student of Vivekanand College in DU and stays in a flat at Dilshad Garden. It was Arshpreet’s birthday celebration on Saturday night. All the friends first assembled at his flat and had a party where they consumed liquor heavily the entire night,” she said.”Later they all went for a joyride in Lakhshye’s car at 5 a.m. They also consumed liquor inside the car before it hit the divider, electric pole and signboards and turned turtle. Lakhshye who was at the wheel escaped major injury due to the airbag. He fled from the spot but later in the evening appeared before the investigators,” she added.”Lakhshye also received minor injuries. Some liquor bottles and cigarette packets were recovered from inside the car,” the officer added.”It appears that the driver was speeding and lost control of the car,” said a senior police officer.last_img read more

BCIC fertiliser worth Tk 2b vanishes

first_imgTransport contractors and officials of the Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation misappropriated hundreds of tonnes of fertiliser valued around Tk 2 billion from the 2015-16 to the 2016-17 fiscal.The contractors claimed they had taken the fertiliser to the buffer warehouse of the state-run BCIC in Santahar, Naogaon, but in reality there was no such fertiliser in the warehouse nor was it taken to the farmers.BCIC looks after the production, import and distribution of fertiliser through traders across the country.In its own probe report, BCIC charged Nabir Uddin Khan, a former BCIC official who was in-charge of the buffer stock warehouse, its former accountant Masudur Rahman, and six fertiliser transportation companies, for the misappropriation of Tk 2 billion worth of fertiliser.The companies are Bulk Trade International, Nabab and Company, Poton Traders, South Delta Shipping and Trading, Rex Motors, and Gramsico Limited.A seven-member team led by BCIC director Lutfar Rahman submitted the probe report to the BCIC chairman on 31 August last.According to the report, a total of 57,936.75 metric tonnes of fertiliser existed on paper with proof of import, transportation and stock, but no fertiliser could be found in the warehouse.BCIC chairman Shah Md Aminul Haq told Prothom Alo that BCIC officials with complicity of contractors filched the fertiliser worth Tk billions.The BCIC investigation report said that Nabir Uddin Khan was the in-charge of the warehouse in March, 2016 while receiving a consignment of fertiliser from the South Delta Shipping.Masudur Rahman took the charge of the warehouse after Nabir’s retirement.When the BCIC started the investigation, Masudur said Nabir embezzled the fertiliser carried by the South Delta Shipping and Trading. However, the BCIC headquarters then paid bills of truck transportation without verifying papers.BCIC deputy director Rezaul Karim, who granted the bills, said he did not notice any flaws in the papers.The Anti-Corruption Commission is also investigating BCIC’s fertiliser misappropriation.Meanwhile, BCIC director (commercial) Abdul Hye told Prothom Alo that Nabir and Masudur had complicity with transport contractors.The contractors carried no fertiliser to the warehouse but collected most of their transport bills.Executive officer of the South Delta Shipping and Trading Moshiur Rahman told Prothom Alo, ”The complaint that has been raised against us is baseless. We handed over the fertiliser to the (BCIC) officials and collected our bills accordingly.”Owner of a contractor company, Kamrul Ashraf Khan, also MP of Narsingdi-2 constituency said, ”We have proof that we carried the fertiliser to the warehouse. The fertiliser inside the warehouse isn’t our responsibility.”BCIC director Lutfar Rahman told Prothom Alo, ”We found in our investigation that a total of 57,936.75 metric tonnes of fertiliser didn’t enter the warehouse.”Masudur’s wife told Prothom Alo that her husband did not want to talk while Nabir could not be contacted after several attempts, but he is apparently a fugitive.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Imam Hossainlast_img read more

Frenchman held for flying drone over Myanmar parliament

first_imgLion dancers perform during Lunar New Year celebrations in Yangon on 5 February 2019. Photo: AFPA French tourist has been arrested for flying a drone near Myanmar’s parliament in the capital Naypyidaw, the French embassy and local police confirmed Monday, under a law that could see him imprisoned for up to three years.The man, named by police as 27-year-old Arthur Desclaux, tried to fly a drone over the government building, which is illegal in Myanmar.Three journalists and their driver were jailed in 2017 for the same offence.Local media published photos of the French detainee, including his passport details, and his drone.”(He) was arrested late afternoon on Thursday 7 February for having flown a drone over the parliament,” the embassy said, adding that the man was still in detention in Naypyidaw.His family had been informed of his arrest and embassy staff were trying to secure his release, it added.He has been charged under section 8 of the export and import law, police officer Min Tin told AFP.Desclaux faces “up to three years imprisonment” if found guilty, said Min Tin.It remains unclear why he was flying the drone.Journalists Lau Hon Meng from Singapore and Mok Choy Lin from Malaysia were making a documentary for Turkish state broadcaster TRT when they were detained in October 2017 along with Myanmar reporter Aung Naing Soe and driver Hla Tin.Expecting to receive a fine, they confessed to flying the drone over parliament but were instead sentenced to two months in prison under Myanmar’s aircraft act.last_img read more

Joe Arpaio Will Run For A US Senate Seat Pledging Support For

first_imgBrian Snyder/ReutersFormer Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio helped President Trump during his 2016 campaign — and now he wants to help him in Washington.Arizona Republican Joe Arpaio, the former Maricopa County sheriff who became famous for his controversial stance on immigration, has announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate, saying he wants to join Congress so he can help President Trump.Arpaio, who will turn 86 in June, made the announcement in a tweet on Tuesday. He said:“I am running for the U.S. Senate from the Great State of Arizona, for one unwavering reason: to support the agenda and policies of President Donald Trump in his mission to Make America Great Again.”I am running for the U.S. Senate from the Great State of Arizona, for one unwavering reason: to support the agenda and policies of President Donald Trump in his mission to Make America Great Again. https://t.co/ANppBdDOtp— Sheriff Joe Arpaio (@RealSheriffJoe) January 9, 2018Arpaio is running for the seat being vacated by Sen. Jeff Flake, a fellow Republican who has been a critic of Trump — and who announced last October that he would not seek re-election.The former sheriff announced his plan to run for the Senate less than a year after he was convicted of criminal contempt — a crime for which Trump pardoned Arpaio in August, after holding a rally in Phoenix.Arpaio told NBC News that he didn’t tell Trump about his decision ahead of time — and that he’s running because Washington needs “fresh blood.” In announcing his candidacy, Arpaio joins at least one Republican rival. As member station KJZZ reports, former state Sen. Kelli Ward has already launched her campaign, and Rep. Martha McSally has also “hinted” at running for Flake’s seat.This year’s midterm elections are being held two years after Arpaio lost his sheriff’s jobto Democrat Paul Penzone, a former sergeant in the Phoenix police department. Arpaio, who had held the office for 24 years, lost despite amassing more than $12 million in campaign funds.Arpaio’s entry into the Senate race prompted immediate criticism from Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez, who released a statement saying, “Joe Arpaio is one of our nation’s most notorious agents of racism and bigotry. He has spent his career tearing apart immigrant families and devastating Latino communities, and he has no place in the U.S. Senate.”Famous for embracing the title of “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” Arpaio was convicted by a federal judge after the Maricopa lawman defied an order to stop detaining immigrants simply because of their legal status. His deputies maintained that practice for 18 months after a court told Arpaio to stop targeting Latino drivers.The misdemeanor criminal conviction had carried a maximum sentence of six months in jail and a fine. But Arpaio was pardoned before his sentencing date arrived in October.Arizona will hold its primary in late August, with the midterm election scheduled for Nov. 6.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Conservatives To Hold Rally Against Socialism In Sugar Land

first_img Listen Karen MacWilliamConservative activists are holding a “Stop Socialism” rally in Sugar Land this coming Monday. The event will feature some of the biggest names in Fort Bend County Republican politics, with confirmed speakers including Congressman Pete Olson and former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.“I decided at a certain point, I just couldn’t take it anymore,” said event organizer Karen MacWilliam. “We just need to secure our border. We need to support [President] Trump. What he’s gone through in the last couple of years…”The focus of the rally is on national issues, including immigration and health care. But Shapnik Khan, a Fort Bend Democratic activist, sees the event as having local implications. He points to the online trolling of county Democratic officials as alleged socialists.“Our newly elected county judge, KP George, was under a smear attack,” Khan said. “Same with our Fort Bend County DA [Brian Middleton] was under attack as well, because of their color, because of their stand with the progressive mindset.” County Judge George is Indian-American, while District Attorney Middleton is African-American.The rally will take place Monday, April 15, from noon to 2 p.m. at Sugar Land Town Square. Share 00:00 /00:52 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Atlanta Illustrator Marcus Williams Brings Diversity to Baltimore ComicCon

first_imgIllustrator Marcus Williams.The annual event known as Baltimore Comic-Con is an opportunity where a cult of artists, creators and writers come together to not be judged. Marcus Williams, an Atlanta, Georgia based illustrator is one of those unique individuals. His work is a representation of a diverse outlook on life.At Baltimore Comic-Con, you get a chance to dress like your favorite fictional character, or even as your alter-ego, in a no-judgment zone.Williams, 34, is a single Black father of two from San Diego, California, who currently resides in Atlanta. He once attended The Art Institute of Atlanta, but soon put his college life on hold to follow his dream as an illustrator. For the past 16 years he has been a professional freelance illustrator for comics and children’s books. In addition, he creates his own original characters. “My life has become drawing…that’s all i do,” said Williams in an interview with The AFRO. “I’m pretty much drawing all the time. When I’m eating, when I’m sleep and when I’m spending time with my kids”Williams added: “I illustrate things that I am passionate about. It’s just me drawing what I feel is cool, or what I wish I could see.”Williams maintains a blog at marcusthevisual.tumblr.com. One of Williams’ works on his blog is a comic he created called “Black Panther & Storm Heritage.” While not officially sanctioned by Marvel, the owner the Black Panther intellectual property, Williams’ creates his own story where the two main characters, who have a child and get divorced in the licensed comic book, stay together.“Those writers made them get a divorce, so I wanted to create a fan fiction that portrayed them still together,” said Williams. “It’s just the imagery. The imagery of showing a super hero black family that is powerful.”Williams is currently working on a comic called “Super Natural,” and “Super-Natural Boy.” No date is set for Super-Natural Boy yet, but his newest comic book called, “Super Natural Book 1,” will be published on September 28.“She’s going to deal with the police, she’s going to deal with the government, she’s going to deal with the media,” said Williams. “She’s new to our culture here in America, but since she’s powerful she’s going to be able to handle those entities much differently. I want to speak to that frustration.”This will not be Williams first time at the Baltimore Comic-Con convention. He will be drawing cats for guests and fans as he’ll turn their cat into a “hero cat” based off his illustrations he does for creator and writer, Kyle Puttkamer, called “Hero Cats of Stellar City.” The book allows an extensive group of cats with abilities to save their city as each cat gives off a distinct personality. “There’s not a lot of cat comic books out there…but there is a huge, huge, huge eagerish market for them, said Williams.”Williams also said: “We really don’t have to sell cats. People walk by our stand and say “Omg, hero cats!” Fanatics love cats already…we really don’t have to work too hard.”For more on “Hero Cats Of Stellar City” go to herocatscomic.com. Williams’ official website is marcusthevisual.com Baltimore Comic-Con will take place September 25-27.last_img read more

Baltimore Area Church News

first_imgRehoboth Light of the World ChurchCamp Rehoboth6707 Dogwood RoadGwynn Oak, Maryland 21207June 25- August 3Ages 5- 12, free breakfast and lunch, 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. dailyFor more information: (410) 417-7592Rev. Benjamin Long, Pastor St. Paul Institutional Baptist Church2010 W. North AveBaltimore, Maryland 21217Help Me Fix my Crown, Ladies NightApril 13, 6:30 p.m.Rev. Kobi Robertson, Pastor New Psalmist Baptist Church6020 Marian DriveBaltimore, Maryland 2121543rd Pastoral Anniversary and ConcertApril 15, 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., noon, 5 p.m.Bishop Walter Thomas, Pastor Compiled by Joi Thomas, Special to the AFROApril is here and the seasons are changing.  It seems like winter doesn’t want to leave, but before we know it, the weather will be warmer, and the days longer.  I can’t wait for summer to come around, my favorite time of year.Many of you may be looking for summer camps and fun activities for your little ones.  I have listed a few church sponsored summer camps at the bottom of this list.  If your church is sponsoring a summer camp this year, please send me the information to news@itsjoiful.com.  If you are looking for some fun things to do within the next two weeks, there is plenty to do in our area.  Check out the list below and make sure you save the dates and support the events. Israel Baptist Church1200 N. Washington StreetBaltimore, Maryland 2121340th Pastoral AnniversaryApril 22, 7:30 a.m., 10 a.m., and 6 p.m.Rev. Dr. Harlie Wilson II, Pastor Greater Harvest Baptist Church1611 W. Saratoga St.Baltimore, Maryland 21223Punch and Paint Game and Movie Night with Lady BrownApril 27, 6:30 p.m.Rev. Brent Brown, Pastor The Kingdom Life Church presents:Praise Over Baltimore ConcertFeaturing VaShawn Mitchell, Todd Galberth, and Sharon RoshellApril 27, 6 p.m.The Modell Lyric140 W. Mount Royal AveBaltimore, Maryland 21201Rev. Michael Phillips, Pastorcenter_img Triumph Community Church425 West Monument StreetBaltimore, Maryland 21201Girls-N-Pearls Women’s Empowerment EncounterApril 28, 12:30 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.Rev. Michael C. Franklin, Pastor Changing Lives Ministries of Baltimore3808 W. Forest Park AveBaltimore, Maryland 21216Women’s Live Conference 2018April 26 , 7 p.m., April 27, 7 p.m.Antoine and Shelley Burton, Pastors First Mount Olive Freewill Baptist Church618 North Hammonds Ferry RoadLinthicum, Maryland 21090Women’s DayApril 22, 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.Bishop Oscar Brown, Pastor Summer Camps:Ray of Hope Baptist Church Summer Camp3000 Parkside DriveBaltimore, Maryland 21214June- JulyGrades K-6th meals included, before and aftercare availableFor more information: www.rayofhopebaptist.org/summer-campRev. Charles M. Franklin, Pastor Wayland Baptist Church3200 Garrison Blvd.Baltimore, Maryland 21216Spiritual and Health Wellness SeminarApril 21, 12 p.m.–2 p.m.Rev. Dr. Hoffman Brown, III, Pastorlast_img read more

Cards Down Hoosiers 52

first_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Redshirt freshman Taylor Roby connected on a three-run homer and picked up the save in the circle to help the University of Louisville softball team beat Indiana 5-2 Tuesday evening at Ulmer Stadium. The Cardinals (21-10) will return to ACC play this weekend when they travel to Blacksburg, Va., to take on No. 24/19 Virginia Tech in a three game series. Tara Trainer (18-5) took the loss, giving up four earned runs on five hits and striking out five in 3.0 innings. Lambert led the Hoosiers with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate. Print Friendly Version Louisville tacked on another insurance run in the sixth when junior Caitlin Ferguson doubled, took third on Roby’s groundout and crossed the plate on sophomore Kyra Snyder’s bunt.   Live Stats Story Links Louisville jumped to a 1-0 lead when Funke led off the bottom of the first by taking the first pitch she saw over the fence in right centerfield for her second home run of the season. Photo Gallery Matchup History Watch Live Full Schedule Roster center_img The Cards countered behind Roby’s three-run homer in the third. Hensley reached on a fielder’s choice and freshman Rebecca Chung singled to set up Roby’s towering shot over the left field wall for her second homer of the season. Preview Indiana answered in the second inning with an RBI triple by Taylor Lambert. Louisville 5 – Indiana 2 Grayson Radcliffe’s solo home run in the fourth cut the Hoosiers’ deficit to 4-2. Senior Megan Hensley (9-1) got the win after giving up two earned runs on five hits and striking out three in five innings. Roby struck out one and scattered two hits in 2.0 innings of relief. The Cards used eight hits, including home runs from Roby and junior Celene Funke to power past the Hoosiers (25-10). Next Game: at Virginia Tech 3/29/2019 | 6:00 p.m.last_img read more

The TopRanked SingleFamily Housing Markets Are

first_imgThe Top-Ranked Single-Family Housing Markets Are. . . Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News July 26, 2016 716 Views center_img Single-Family Housing Markets Ten-X 2016-07-26 Seth Welborn As summer continues to heat up, so do the nation’s top single-family housing markets, each demonstrating consistently strong demand, home price appreciation, and economic and demographic growth, according to a recent report from Ten-X.The report lists the 50 largest housing markets based on their current and forecasted housing fundamentals and from that list, Palm Beach County, Orlando, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, and Seattle make up the top five markets. Florida claims four out of five of these markets despite the fact that it was one of the states severely exposed to the housing bust. Seattle market highs are attributed to the tech-driven gains of the Pacific Northwest.These rankings are quite different from Ten-X’s report for the spring single-family market rankings. Though Seattle fell from the number one spot to the 5th rankings, the other four markets rose up notably with Palm Beach rising from 4th place up to 1st, Orlando going from 6th to 2nd, Fort Lauderdale rising slightly from 5th to 4th, and Tampa leaping from 11th to 3rd.”There are strong regional tendencies in our summer housing market report, with cities in the Southeast, the Pacific Northwest, and California performing exceptionally well, while the Northeast and Midwest are lagging behind,” said Ten-X Executive Vice President Rick Sharga. “Cities like Orlando are receiving a boost from low oil prices, which in turn is leading to an increase in travel and tourism. And of all the states that were hit hard during the crash, Florida still has the most room to grow to get back to peak housing prices.”Palm Beach County’s housing market’s seasonally adjusted home prices are up 16.8% year-over-year, the highest pace in the country. Orlando’s housing market’s seasonally adjusted home prices have increased for 19 consecutive quarters while prices up 10.4 percent year-over-year. Tampa’s single-family market has seen prices increase after hitting bottom in 2011 and are now up 12.1 percent year-over-year. Fort Lauderdale has felt a strong recovery from its fall after the crisis with seasonally adjusted home prices up 8.9 percent year-over-year. And finally, the single-family market in Seattle is still sitting strong with home prices surging 15.4 percent year-over-year.”Despite the muddled economic environment, conditions remain generally supportive for the housing market,” said Ten-X Chief Economist Peter Muoio. “Home sales had some volatility early in the year, brought on by new regulations and harsh weather, but appear to be stabilizing even with tight inventory levels. More jobs are being added while unemployment continues to drop and low mortgage rates are enticing homebuyers, so solid demand should continue to fuel the housing market.”last_img read more

October 24 2002 Annual notsosecret Soleri Bell

first_imgOctober 24, 2002 Annualnot-so-secret Soleri Bell Sale at Cosanti in Scottsdale openedyesterday. This special once-a-year opportunity continues throughSunday (October 27). The sale is available at the Scottsdale locationonly, not in our online store on the web. [Photo: JAM & text: T] The Soleri Studioat Cosanti has produced a wide variety of bronze and ceramic crafts forthis occasion. [Photo: Scott Riley & text: T] All visitors arewelcome. The gift shop is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. [Photo: ScottRiley & text: T]last_img read more

Middle Eastern pay TV platform Etisalat is launchi

first_imgMiddle Eastern pay TV platform Etisalat is launching three channels from India’s Times Television Network. The company, which operates the e-Vision pay TV service in the United Arab Emirates, is launching Times Now, ET Now and Zoom as it looks to appeal to the growing South Asian community in the country.The deal was announced by e-vision chief executive Humaid Rashid Sahoo, who said that the deal means it now has over 350 channels in 21 languages as well as more than 30 high definition channels.Separately, kids channel KidsCo has struck a deal with Endavo Media, the OTT video services platform, that will see KidsCo launch VOD programming on Etisalat’s OnWeb Video Service, beginning in the UAE. Etisalat, which aims to build a worldwide presence in 18 countries, will provide subscribers across the Middle East and Africa with KidsCo content, on demand, in English.last_img read more